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2013 Audi Q5

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$12,241 — $25,781 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Four-cylinder's gas mileage
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Cramped backseat
  • Limited cargo room
  • Touchy brakes
2013 Audi Q5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Audi Q5
  • Turbo four-cylinder or new supercharged V-6
  • New hybrid version
  • Newly available Audi Connect telematics
  • Standard AWD

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Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. An all-new Q5 Hybrid is also available. 

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid)

New for 2013
A new 272-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the 3.2-liter V-6 offered previously; a turbocharged four-cylinder remains the base engine. Exterior design revisions include new headlights with available LED daytime running lights, a new grille and updated taillights. On the inside, the Multi Media Interface controls have updated finishes, and there are new chrome accents on the window controls. The newly available Audi Connect telematics system uses 3G cellphone technology to enable Google Maps satellite-image overlays, real-time gas prices, weather information, news and Wi-Fi service for up to eight devices.

Exterior
A resemblance to the larger Audi Q7 is evident, but the Q5 also looks like a Volkswagen Tiguan dressed up for a night on the town, though the Q5 is larger than the compact VW crossover. Aluminum trim, fog lights and LED taillights are standard. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftg...
Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. An all-new Q5 Hybrid is also available. 

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid)

New for 2013
A new 272-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the 3.2-liter V-6 offered previously; a turbocharged four-cylinder remains the base engine. Exterior design revisions include new headlights with available LED daytime running lights, a new grille and updated taillights. On the inside, the Multi Media Interface controls have updated finishes, and there are new chrome accents on the window controls. The newly available Audi Connect telematics system uses 3G cellphone technology to enable Google Maps satellite-image overlays, real-time gas prices, weather information, news and Wi-Fi service for up to eight devices.

Exterior
A resemblance to the larger Audi Q7 is evident, but the Q5 also looks like a Volkswagen Tiguan dressed up for a night on the town, though the Q5 is larger than the compact VW crossover. Aluminum trim, fog lights and LED taillights are standard. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior
The five-seat Q5 has the interior luxury for which Audi is revered. Heated and ventilated front seats are available. The Q5 is available with Audi's Multi Media Interface, a multifunction controller. The optional hard-drive-based navigation system offers real-time traffic information. Interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment
  • Available ash-wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9-inch screens
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
Engine choices are a 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a new 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The four-cylinder teams with an eight-speed automatic; the V-6 drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Engines use premium gas
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety
Safety options include a blind spot warning system, rear-seat side-impact airbags and a backup camera. Standard safety features include:

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes

Q5 Hybrid
The 2013 model year marks the debut of Audi's first hybrid: the Q5 Hybrid. It features a lithium-ion battery pack and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a combined 245 hp. Scheduled to hit dealerships in fall 2012, the Q5 Hybrid comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Go Drive one, you'll get what i mean

by essaycho348 from Waukesha WI on December 12, 2018

We purchased this car 6 months ago, Dealt with this brand before and throughout enjoy owning it so far. Very ergonomic, just recently took a trip out of town for four adults and everyone was ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most fun to drive car I've ever owned.

by Q5erMI from Traverse City, MI on December 5, 2018

This car was better in the snow than my Toyota Tundra and the 3.0 liter engine made it really zippy and fun to drive in any season. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Audi Q5 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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